Cooper taps oil lobbyist as legislative director
Gov. Roy Cooper's new legislative director is a former lobbyist for the oil and gas industry whose clients included a major stakeholder in the recently approved Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.Posted — Updated
Dominion, along with Duke Energy and other utilities, owns the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will carry natural gas through eight North Carolina counties along the Interstate 95 corridor as it winds its way from West Virginia to southeastern North Carolina.
In a press release announcing Lilley's hiring, the Governor's Office notes his former role at McGuireWoods but does not mention his ties to the oil and gas industry. It says instead that Lilley was a former legislative director for Democratic 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield.
Cooper spokesman Ford Porter has not yet responded to a request for comment about Lilley's lobbying activity.
Lilley will be paid $128,000 a year and replaces Brad Adcock, who is returning to retirement, according to the release.
"I am deeply grateful to Brad for his work guiding my Administration through its first year," Cooper said in the release. "His experience has been invaluable, and I wish him well in his second retirement. Lee has a depth of experience with the legislative process, and I’m happy to welcome him to our team."
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